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Sewage discharges and monitoring

Sewage discharges and monitoring are currently attracting a lot of attention and changes are coming. Peter Matthews, Past Master of the Worshipful Company of Water Conservators and Past President of the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), and Alistair Chisholm, Director of Policy at CIWEM produced the article…...

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Festival of Rowing, Oxbridge Challenge, Chiswick to Putney return

It was a beautiful morning, cool and dry as we headed to the University of London Boat Club at Chiswick to meet up with the crew and our cutter, Water Forget-me-not, and to join other cutters and gigs, and Livery Companies.  We renewed friendship with Barber Surgeons team and other…...

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Modern Liveries’ Dinner, Worshipful Company of Solicitors, Armourers’ Hall

The Modern Liveries’ Dinner is the opportunity for existing Masters to introduce their senior Wardens to other Masters and Wardens.  It is a relatively informal evening with a lot of fun and enthusiasm as befits the modern Livery Companies.   The evening is hosted in turn by each of the 33…...

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Anniversary Celebration, Mansion House

The Security Professionals joined with the Management Consultants and the Security Institute in a joint celebration for their 25, 20 & 25 year anniversaries in a Banquet in the presence of the Lord Mayor, Lady Mayoress and Sheriff, Dame Susan Langley.  My consort, Eileen, and I were invited to join…...

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Livery Court Luncheon, The Honourable Company of Master Mariners, Tallow Chandlers’ Hall

Our Livery Company has had strong links with the Master Mariners’ Company, not only because of the mutual interest in water but also as they looked after our regalia, provided a post office address and hosted many Company events. When the Mariners left HQS Wellington we also parted company with…...

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Raleigh Lecture, The Company of Entrepreneurs, Drapers’ Hall

The Raleigh Lecture was created in 2018 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the beheading of Sir Walter Raleigh, statesman, soldier, writer and explorer.  Business then was ‘looking ahead to Brexit and new trade deals outside Europe’. Students were invited from private and state schools to the impressive Drapers’ Hall…...

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The City Water Debate Go with the flow: working with nature and managing catchments, Bakers’ Hall

There was a great turnout from the Company and sector for the third in our prestigious series of City Water Debates.  Organised around World Water Day it was close to 1st April, the 50 year anniversary of the formation of the regional water authorities, based on river basins and catchments.…...

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The Guildable Manor of Southwark’s Charter Day, Thanksgiving Service, Quit Rents and Court of Exchequer

The Foreman of the Guildable Manor of Southwark, Lawrence Day ISO CStJ JP, invited several Livery Masters, including myself and my Consort, to participate in a celebration of the 1462 Charter of Edward IV.  The charters of 1327, 1462 and 1550 were for the acquisition of the Guildable Manor and…...

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Democracy at the end of 2024, Lord Simon McDonald, Vintry and Dowgate Wards’ Club

I was privileged to be invited by the Master of the Management Consultants to attend a meeting of her Ward Club.  The speaker was Lord Macdonald, a lifetime diplomat and expert on global issues, who shared with us his personal perspectives.  He chose to focus on Israel/Palestine, Ukraine, USA and…...

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The Worshipful Company of Turners, Wood-turning Demonstration, Banstead

Marilyn Luson, Consort to Nigel Luson, Master Turner, arranged for a wood-turning demonstration for the Consorts.  This was held south of the river, in deepest darkest Surrey. Our master craftsman was Les Thorne, whose workshop is also adapted for tuition.  The demonstration was held at Cuddington Golf Club, which led…...

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